Tag Archives: Thomas Leslie

Once rare wonders of the world targeted by giant apes, skyscrapers have become an indelible aspect of the urban experience. Their majesty inspires local pride, their beauty elicits amazement, and their daring/obnoxious designs spark debate. No city is more identified … Continue reading

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Field Building, 135 S. La Salle Street.  Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, 1934.  View from southeast.  (Contemporary post card, collection of the author) Announced on September 29, 1929 just days before the stock market crash, the Field Building was to … Continue reading

Conway Building, corner of Clark and Washington Streets.  D. H. Burnham & Co., 1913.  View from northeast.  (Contemporary post card, collection of the author) Four large neoclassical office blocks designed by Burnham’s office around the time of his death in … Continue reading

  Chicago Stock Exchange, view from northeast.  (Contemporary post card, collection of the author) The Stock Exchange, a project to fund a new trading room through the provision of office space for traders and associated businesses, alternated bay windows with … Continue reading

Rookery Building.  View from northwest (contemporary post card, collection of the author). The Rookery became Chicago’s center of architectural, contracting, engineering, and subcontracting expertise. It was intended to be the most luxurious commercial structure in Chicago and its size along … Continue reading

Masonic Temple, corner of Randolph and State Streets.  Burnham and Root, 1892 (demolished, 1939).  (120 Photographic View of Chicago, Rand McNally, 1912) Buildings braced by sway-rods typically had two or mote dedicated vertical planes on which, at every level, rods … Continue reading

Reliance Building.  View from northeast.   (120 Photographic View of Chicago, Rand McNally, 1909) The Reliance emerged from unpromising circumstances.  Elevator engineer and contractor William E. Hale hired Burnham & Root to design a fourteen-story tower for the southwest corner of … Continue reading

Tacoma Building, corner of La Salle and Madison Streets.  Holabird and Roche, 1889 (demolished, 1929).  (contemporary postcard, collection of the author) Masonry veneers began to appear on Chicago skyscrapers in the late 1880s as the metal frame became commonplace.  While … Continue reading

Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan.  Hood and Howells, 1925.  View from southwest.  (Contemporary post card, collection of the author) . . . . the paper announced an open competition in May 1922 to design a new headquarters on the recently … Continue reading